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Know your skills

So, what skills and experience have you got? …more than you think.

Have a look at the following examples which may help you to recognise which employability skills, experience and qualities you already have and then have a go at doing your own examples.

Work / Experience Employability Skills Employability Qualities
Newspaper Delivery Person

  • Part of a team – papers are delivered to the shop and then you deliver to the customer
  • Handle / collect money
  • Prior preparation – getting up on time, suitable clothes, bike ready etc
  1. Team player
  2. Customer focused
  3. Willing to learn
  4. Problem solver
  5. Flexibility and adaptability
  6. Time Management
  1. Trustworthy
  2. Reliable
  3. Commitment
  4. Motivation
  5. Self starter
  6. Common sense
Part time Shop Assistant

  • Work in a team
  • Deal with members of the public
  • Work to instructions and policies
  • Handle money / operate till
  • Locate stock / order new stock
  • Handle complaints
  1. Team player
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Customer service
  4. Problem solver
  5. Health and Safety
  6. Flexible and adaptable
  7. Willingness to learn
  1. Initiative & resourceful
  2. Commitment
  3. Confidence
  4. Organised
  5. Helpful and polite
  6. Reliable
  7. Trustworthy
  8. Self motivated
Sportsperson

  • Plan travel / attend training and games on time
  • Get all your kit together and ready
  • Be a team player
  • Play to rules
  • Improve on personal ability
  • Team captain / Leader
  1. Team player
  2. Time Management
  3. Leadership skills
  4. Organisational skills
  5. Communication skills
  6. Follow instructions / willing to learn
  7. Adaptability
  1. Self motivated
  2. Manager
  3. Confidence
  4. Reliability
  5. Enthusiastic
  6. Committed
Student

  • Arrive at school on time
  • Be ready to work & learn
  • Listen in the classroom
  • Able to communicate both verbally and on paper
  • Support fellow students
  • Meet deadlines and hand assignments in on time
  • Pass exams
  1. Team player
  2. Good communicator
  3. Problem solver
  4. Time management
  5. Willing to learn and improve own performance
  1. Self motivated / manager
  2. Organised
  3. Resourceful
  4. Proactive
  5. Polite
  6. Focused
  7. Helpful
Babysitter

  • Looking after a child / baby
  • Arrive on time
  • Be trusted in someone’s home
  • Know what to do in an emergency
  1. Good communicator
  2. Problem solver
  3. Time management
  4. Adaptable
  1. Trustworthy
  2. Reliable
  3. Responsible
  4. Calm
  5. Confident
  6. Self motivated

Please click here to download a worksheet to write down your own examples